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Nurses given pedometers as hospital aims to improve productivity

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A Scottish hospital has issued nurses with pedometers in an effort to improve efficiency

The scheme is being run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and aims to free up time for patient care and study how wards are organised.

The pedometers have been spread among nurses working across 23 wards in the health board.

Acute director of nursing Rory Farrelly said: ‘The phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place” is well known, and one that many of us try to practice in our homes. Now we’re taking that saying and applying it to our wards.’

Mr Farrelly explained that simple and effective measures to reduce lost time could be identified in the study.

He added: ‘A simple example is the location of the linen cupboard on the ward. On some wards, there will undoubtedly be wasted time walking long distances to get linen that is not within easy reach. This is time that would be better spent looking after patients.’

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  • I trained in 1973 and a similar exercise had already been carried out then. Plus ca change!

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  • Does the pedometer tell the study how quick the nurses are walking as well ?It does seem an awful waste of time and money.If the hospital had employed a nurse at the design stage of the hospital they would have advised that linen rooms need to be as near the patient as possible. The logic is that the CE office would be as far away from the patients as it possibly could be to avoid the odd nurse dropping in to complain.

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  • How about offering them a pair of skates?
    How about measuring how far away the managers/directors are from the wards?
    You know - those people who sit in those towers dreaming up new ways to 'measure' things so they can take their results to the big boys in the even bigger tower who are even further away from the shop floor.
    I've had a bad day!

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  • Well there is such a thing as common sense isn't there. Not to abundant in some parts of the NHS though.

    My Trust is trying out an optimum ward approach. Which means moving things about so that they are stored in the optimum area for ease of access.

    The worst problem I have discovered is staff not wanting to change things. . . Still I battle on with wanting the dressings to be kept in the treatment room not at the far end of the ward in a store room.

    Such is life.

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  • my organisation have got a girl sitting at the end of the corridor righting down how long patients spend in our rooms. I'm glad to see there is plenty of managers/bosses out there trusting their staff and not exploiting them in the name of productivity. Has the world gone mad!

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  • Why not adopt the approach used in productive ward and ask the nurses where the problems lie. Why reinvent the wheel when there is a scheme up and running that has successfully helped wards sort out these problems. Change will only happen if ward nurses are empowered to make it happen.

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  • my organisation have got a girl sitting at the end of the corridor righting down how long patients spend in our rooms. I'm glad to see there is plenty of managers/bosses out there trusting their staff and not exploiting them in the name of productivity. Has the world gone mad!

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  • Obviously there are no budgets being honed north of the border! This is a scheme comparable to Addenbrooke's "study" which cost nearly £4k and turned out a result most people could have predicted for the cost of a packet of fags.
    If there's a scheme to find out which Trust or organisation can generate the most creative way of wasting money, this one's a serious contender for the #1 slot!
    In addition, has anyone tried a pedometer and managed several "steps" without leaving their seat? Maybe one for HR managers there.....

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  • Well, Productive ward uses exactly this approach... using LEAN methodology and '5s-ing' the place throws up a lot of common sense solutions. I can't actually see this is a news worthy article NT... hundreds of trusts up and down the country have done exactly this already. Maybe Scotlans doesn't have the NHSI, or money for productive ward.

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